Former Meridian mayoral candidate found shot to death

Therese Apel , The Clarion-Ledger A former mayoral candidate was found shot to death in the woods Monday, the Lauderdale County Coroner said. Mariner Durant, 23, who identifies himself on his Twitter page as the Chairman of the Lauderdale County Libertarian Party, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound Monday afternoon in the woods outside …

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Libertarian Party Bylaws Committee Hearing set for June 22, 2017

Independent Political Report Meeting Name: Bylaws Committee Hearing When: 6/22/2017 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern Purpose: To receive public feedback regarding the Bylaws and desired changes Requested by: Katz (chair) READ HEARING NOTICE HERE As electronic meetings are in the nature of special meetings, no commitments may be made on items other than …

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Unity Party Becomes a Qualified Party in Colorado

Ballot Access News On June 7, the Colorado Secretary of State determined that the Unity Party has the needed 1,000 registrations to become a qualified party. See this press release from the Secretary of State’s office. Colorado won’t keep track of the number of registered voters in unqualified parties, unless that unqualified party had previously …

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Iowa Special Legislative Election

Ballot Access News Iowa holds a special election on June 27 to fill the empty State House seat, 22nd district. According to this story, the Republican and Libertarian Parties placed a nominee on the ballot, but the Democratic nominee missed a filing deadline and will be a write-in candidate. There is also an independent candidate …

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New Jersey Has Fewer Gubernatorial Candidates on General Election Ballot This Year Than Any Year Since 1989

Ballot Access News This year’s New Jersey gubernatorial election will have seven candidates on the November 7 ballot. That is a smaller number of candidates for that office in the general election than at any time since 1989, when there were six. The 2017 ballot will have the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, Constitution, Green, …

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Maine Bill that Puts Libertarian Party on Ballot, and Makes Modest Improvements to Ballot Access for New Parties, Passes Committee

Ballot Access News On June 7, the Maine Joint Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee passed LD 1571, after amending it so that it makes only modest improvements to the party qualification and retention process. The original version of the bill had made bigger improvements. The bill makes it clear that the Libertarian Party is to …

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U.S. District Court Strikes Down Kentucky Campaign Finance Law that Let Individuals Give More to Democratic and Republican Committees than Committees of Other Parties

Ballot Access News On June 6, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman, a Carter appointee, struck down a Kentucky campaign finance contribution limit that discriminated in favor of the Republican and Democratic Parties, and against all other parties. Shickel v Dilger, e.d., 2:15cv-155. The law, sec. 121.015(3)(b), said that individuals could give $5,000 …

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Arkansas Libertarian Party Will Submit Petition for Party Status on June 12

Ballot Access News The Arkansas Libertarian Party will submit its petition for party status on Monday, June 12. The law requires 10,000 signatures and the party will submit approximately 15,000. This will be the second petition submitted for party status in any state this year, by any third party. The first was the petition of …

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New Jersey Constitution Party Gubernatorial Nominee on Ballot

Ballot Access News The New Jersey Constitution Party has successfully placed Matt Riccardi on the New Jersey ballot for Governor, for the November 2017 election. This is the first time in the party’s history that it has had a nominee on the ballot for that office. Here is the party’s web page. However, because the …

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Castro Regime Arrests Cuban Libertarian Party Members: “Only the Communist Party Is Legal”

by Elena Toledo, Pan Am Post Members of the Cuban Libertarian Party were arrested this week without warrant or cause, a party spokesperson reported. On Wednesday, May 31, three members of the Cuban State Security Forces arrived at the Benjamin Franklin Libertarian Library in Havana to accuse members of the Cuban Libertarian Party of disorderly conduct. “We …

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